Top tips to serve up a Big Lunch in style11 MAY 2012
Ten million people are planning to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, but how can you make sure your Big Lunch goes off with a bang?
From delicious recipies to team games, HELLO! Online has plenty of inspirational ideas to help you plan for the party of the year.
Firstly, decoration is very important to give the feel of a real traditional tea party.
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No street get together would be complete without colourful bunting or paper chains.
Bunting can be made from absolutely anything; from scraps of fabric or old clothing to cereal boxes. Paper chains are easier to make, all you need is old newspapers, magazines or coloured card, some scissors and a stapler.
Alternatively, if you prefer to purchase your decorations, The English Table offer a variety of products ideal for the big event.
They sell bunting, mugs, tea pots and cake stands all decorated with a Cool Britannia theme.
With your bunting and tea sets at the ready, you will need some tasty party food to make the day complete.
Take a look at some of these great Jubilee-inspired recipes to put the icing on your festivities.
If you want to finish your patriotic party in style why not create a cake in the shape of the Queen's crown?
Lekue offers a variety of celebration moulds, including two crown-shaped ones, available from the website JWP and priced at £16.00.
And to accompany the delicious dishes, there is one drink that perfectly suits the Queen's celebrations - gin.
Put a spin on a favourite royal tipple with a range of wonderfully tempting gin cocktails.